Clay County has several athletes competing on both the gridiron and basketball courts this season with a large degree of success.
Marian College capped a tournament championship at the 10th annual Ken Elmendorf Memorial Tournament with an upset victory over NAIA Division II No. 12-ranked Indiana Tech, 82-59.
The Knights forced 22 turnovers against their athletic foe and led by as many as 26 points in the second half.
Former Northview Knight and Marian junior, Heath Chamberlain got his first start of the season in the game and scored 13 points to go with seven rebounds. Even more impressive is that he played just 21 minutes, but still posted the numbers that he had in the championship game. His effort earned him a berth on the All-Tournament team.
In the tourney opener, a 110-51 victory over Holy Cross, Chamberlain played just 12 minutes in the blowout. However, he tallied 11 points and three rebounds with two steals.
In the Nov. 19 home opener for Marian, Chamberlain came off the bench to hit all seven of his shots from the field with four rebounds in a 93-55 win over Purdue North-Central.
For the season, Chamberlain has started two games and averaged 12 minutes per contest while scoring 9.6 points while grabbing 3.4 rebounds.
The IUPUI Jaguars got the opportunity to play at Conseco Fieldhouse Tuesday evening for the first time in school history.
Facing USC Upstate, the Jaguars went cold from the field in the second half, hitting just 28.6 percent of his shots from the field and dropped a 73-63 decision.
At one point, IUPUI missed 10 consecutive 3-pointers and hit only 2-for-16 from long range in the game.
Former Northview standout, Julie Whitted, had 13 points and nine rebounds to finish one board shy of her third straight double-double.
On Saturday night, IUPUI knocked off defending Patriot League champion Cornell, 66-57.
Whitted had 13 points and 12 rebounds in the game with three blocks.
On Nov. 19, Whitted didn't start and played just 21 minutes in a 66-40 win over IU-Southeast, but still scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
This season Whitted has averaged 28.8 minutes per game and has scored 10.6 ppg. and grabbed 8.8 rpg. and blocked 14 shots.
Next up for Whitted and the Jaguars (3-2 overall) is a trip to Moon Township, Pa., Saturday, for a 4 p.m. game against Wright State.
Josiah Brock, another former Northview hoops player, is a sophomore at Lincoln Christian College this year.
Brock has scored 6.3 points for his squad this season and grabbed nearly three boards per contest.
He's also shot 64 percent from the field while playing 30 minutes per game.
"I am expecting Josiah to play a big role in our teams success," said coach Matt Clark. "We are going to need him to become more aggressive on the offensive end of the floor and continue to anchor our defense."
On Saturday, Brock hit for 15 points against Central Christian, but the Preachers lost 92-85.
The Preachers take a holiday break for Thanksgiving until returning to the court Dec. 4 with a trip to Chicago to take on Grace College at 4 p.m.
On the football field, few teams have ever matched the turnaround that the Marian College football team produced this season.
In just its second year on the football field, Marian went from a one-win team to compiling a 7-4 year in 2008. The Knights won their final three games, including a 35-28 overtime win in its final game against Urbana Nov. 15.
This season, former Northview Knight, Jered Timm played in five games and had five solo tackles with five assists for Marian. Dylan Kruse saw time in two games with a solo tackle and two assists.
On the West Coast, former Knight, Joe Evinger, received First-Team All-Conference honors at offensive guard for the College of the Canyons.
Evinger was a unanimous choice on the First-Team for the Cougars.
Evinger, a 6'7, 340-pound sophomore, helped his team to an unbeaten regular season and a first round playoff win over Antelope Valley, 41-17.
The season continues on Saturday when the Cougars take on El Camino at 7 p.m.